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Overall Rating
2.9

Awesome: 11.29%
Worth A Look: 25.81%
Average: 17.74%
Pretty Bad32.26%
Total Crap: 12.9%

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Resident Evil: Extinction
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by EricDSnider

"This one isn't as blatantly stupid as the other ones. Progress!"
3 stars

In "Resident Evil: Extinction," five years have passed since the events in the last film. The zombie-making T-Virus has spread worldwide, with only small patches of humanity left. Those few groups stay on the run, avoiding the flesh-hungry infected while searching for fellow survivors.

This is the third film in the "Resident Evil" series, and it feels like it's lost whatever steam it had to begin with. I know there have been multiple RE video games; I don't know if this film is based on a particular one. If it is, it must not be a very faithful adaptation. I don't think there are any video games where the whole point is to sit around doing nothing for 95 minutes. Did Samuel Beckett design video games?

Milla Jovovich is back as Alice, an unstoppable killing machine who was one of just two people to escape the lab where the virus was first unleashed. She's a lone wolf now, riding around the Nevada desert on a motorcycle, and evidently taking excellent care of her skin. It looks waxy and smooth. Where do you find moisturizer after the apocalypse?

Perhaps related to that (though probably not), Alice has developed powers of telekinesis. She uses them to help a group of survivors led by a tough gal named Claire (Ali Larter) when the group is attacked by a massive swarm of zombie birds. Alice's old friend and fellow lab survivor Carlos (Oded Fehr) is among them. They're glad to see each other. He's had a rougher time of it than she has. His skin doesn't look nearly as good.

Meanwhile, back in the underground city where it all started, an evil scientist named Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) is working on developing a cure for the virus. That doesn't sound evil, but trust me, it is. For some reason it requires Alice's blood. Also, he's making clones of Alice and testing their skills against the zombies. Also, maybe he's actually really trying to make the zombies stronger, not cure them. Or maybe he does that accidentally. Who knows?

A film like this, you expect to see some good guys doing battles with hordes of zombies. Am I right, folks? That's what you paid for. Yet "Resident Evil: Extinction" gives us only one major sequence of zombie fighting, plus a scene of Alice in combat with a super-mutated zombie, and a few minor skirmishes here and there. The rest is tactical: Where can we find more gasoline for our trucks and a safe haven for our group, etc. There is no imagination or wit in the dialogue, and the few actions scenes are perfunctory.

Once again written by Paul W.S. Anderson but this time directed by Russell Mulcahy ("Highlander"), "Extinction" wins points in my book for being less outrageously stupid than its predecessors were. Basically, while it's dull and listless, at least it's not aggressively, howlingly dumb. It seems to me that if you liked the first two, you won't like this one as much, since it's missing a lot of the components that made them so enjoyable (or, if you're me, so unenjoyable). Stay home and wait for Halo 3 to come out.

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User Comments

1/22/12 Velociraptor Best of the Series 5 stars
5/15/11 stephen nettles Best one so far 4 stars
12/09/10 RCF They have Totally forgett that zombies need food, and the characters arent even hot anymore 1 stars
3/24/08 wnm Except for the multiple clone stuff the movie was sad, completely unoriginal and not scary 2 stars
12/22/07 WeeToddDidd Better then the second, looking forward to 1 more. 4 stars
10/29/07 Geoff Chapman great, fun, MUCH better than RE: Apocalypse. Worth checking out. 4 stars
10/24/07 William Goss For a zombie video game flick, somehow too tedious and strange for its own good. 2 stars
10/15/07 I-K Competent director works minor miracle with Paul W.S. Anderson's lazy, derivative script. 4 stars
10/03/07 DavyDock Rushed but Okay movle. Just not that well Thought out. Tyrant is terrible. 3 stars
10/01/07 John L. WHERE DID HOT JILL GO? It was an okay movie, hope they make the 4th movie a little better. 3 stars
9/28/07 Dave Good movie, good action scenes but still Apocalypse was the better of the three so far 4 stars
9/28/07 John S. This was by far the best movie in thise series since the first one. 5 stars
9/28/07 Ole Man Bourbon Terrible. 1 stars
9/27/07 RAY FROST Super great awesome Milas costumes are awesome she is one fine woman. I LOVED IT 5 stars
9/25/07 Rich Good movie! FUN! 4 stars
9/25/07 Tom Forsdike Quite entertaining. Worth your time. 4 stars
9/25/07 Brian Mckay Too short and Milla has too much makeup on, but still a fun movie w/ good action scenes. 4 stars
9/25/07 alisha pearce best movie ever, LOVED it, hope 2 see a 4th edition. 5 stars
9/24/07 Zombiefly Um, super zombies, awesome outfits, romance and cliffhanging? Psh, yeah! 5 stars
9/24/07 lady horrible..if there is a 4th i hope its 100% better than this one 1 stars
9/24/07 ben all i have to say, is "all day on autoplay!" mila should design her own costumes more often 5 stars
9/24/07 btrb awful- waste of talent and franchise. boring. 1 stars
9/24/07 mark madsen not as good as last one 3 stars
9/24/07 Shawn Churchill This film has nothin' I haven't seen from the previous Resident Evil films! Cheesy endin'!! 1 stars
9/24/07 kris terrible 1 stars
9/23/07 Elvis Good movie, terrible ending. 3 stars
9/23/07 SAS SAD 1 stars
9/23/07 Bill Gosse Fun movie! 4 stars
9/23/07 Jory West Terrible Let Down 1 stars
9/23/07 KingNeutron Fantastic date film - fun stuff, and Milla is SMOKIN' as always!! 4 stars
9/22/07 Tanner Just got home from it and I hope to god ther is a fourth 5 stars
9/22/07 Renea I am torn between liking it and really hating it. I was hoping for more, but oh well...... 3 stars
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  21-Sep-2007 (R)
  DVD: 01-Jan-2008

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Directed by
  Russell Mulcahy

Written by
  Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast
  Milla Jovovich
  Mike Epps
  Ali Larter
  Oded Fehr
  Iain Glen
  Spencer Locke



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